Girls with anorexia nervosa as young adults: Personality, self-esteem, and life satisfaction
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 285–293, May 2006
How to Cite
Halvorsen, I. and Heyerdahl, S. (2006), Girls with anorexia nervosa as young adults: Personality, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 285–293. doi: 10.1002/eat.20248
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2005
- anorexia nervosa;
- eating disorders;
- general life satisfaction
The current study evaluated personality, self-esteem, and life satisfaction in former patients with different outcomes of childhood and adolescent-onset anorexia nervosa (AN).
Forty-four female patients with AN were assessed 8.5 ± SD 3.4 years after treatment start with a clinical interview and questionnaires including the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Self-esteem and general life satisfaction in former patients were compared with women in a large population study.
Former AN patients with no eating disorder and normal eating attitudes at follow-up (n = 21 [48%]) had similar TCI profiles and self-esteem as samples from normal populations, whereas participants with poorer outcome had significantly lower TCI Self Directedness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction scores. Life satisfaction was reduced in all outcome groups and was strongly associated with self-esteem.
Personality, self-esteem, and life satisfaction varied significantly between outcome groups. The results indicate that young patients with AN with a good outcome may have normal personality and self-esteem features in young adulthood. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., Int J Eat Disord, 2006